Western Michigan University's Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary health services is an undergraduate program with three paths of study or tracks:
- B.S. in interdisciplinary health services
- B.S. in interdisciplinary health services—occupational therapy track
- B.S. in interdisciplinary health services—pre-physician assistant track
New programs designed for allied health professionals who hold an associate degree and wish to upgrade their knowledge and abilities are also now available.
Each of these paths or tracks has a set of courses grouped into three areas:
- The general education requirements and pre-professional sequence embraces a broad spectrum of natural, behavioral and social sciences as well as arts and humanities, providing students with the knowledge necessary to understand the determinants of health and social wellness. Also included: introduction to health and human services, health and wellness, medical terminology, and a health and human service career seminar.
- The professional core provides for a more in-depth study of the organization and delivery of health and human services, systems administration and health policy. Classes in ethical and legal issues educate students for their professional responsibilities. Courses in communication, counseling and problem solving enhance interpersonal skills.
Health professionals increasingly use sophisticated information and communication technologies; therefore, students will receive instruction in accessing medical information, managing information systems and in research methodologies and statistical data processing.
Also, current topics in health and human services, such as safety practices, multiculturalism, disability and rural health care will be addressed through a seminar series.
- Advanced study in an area of concentration or academic minor will complement these broad-based abilities. Some concentrations and minors will prepare students for candidacy in professional graduate programs. Others will enable students to enter administrative positions in a variety of public and private agency and institutional settings and prepare them for candidacy in graduate certificate program. Students who elect a concentration will do so in consultation with the advisor. A concentration will be designed to fit the student's individual learning objectives. It must consist of a minimum of 14 credits, at least nine of which must be from 3000 to 5000 level of coursework.
A required internship in the United States or abroad is the capstone experience of the BS-IHS program.